Should News Agencies Reduce their Subscription Prices?

In these case-strapped times, various newspapers may be looking at the cost of subscribing to news agency content. Argues a former managing director of Reuters Europe, Middle East and Africa, it’s possibly time for the bigger agencies to reduce the amount they provide and at the same time cut the cost of their service.

Philip Stone today writes in (here) that the Associated Press has “resorted to major rate decreases in the US to stop a cancellation revolution” and that Deutsche Presse Agentur has lost its second biggest newspaper group for a far less expensive news source.

In the case of the latter, it delivers around 800 stories a day, plus a 100 each from 12 states. Plus 700 pics. Stone says about 100 stories and 30 pics would more than suffice.

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